4th amendement

Ivyne Maina

What is the fourth amendment?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Historical background

The colonists included it because they might have had their own personal experience with officers going through their things for no reason or they might have gone arrested on accident and they felt as if that was wrong.

Amendment in my own words

Police officers can not just bust into your house and start searching for things and tearing apart your house. They also cannot arrest you without a search warrant that has your name on it and the reason you are getting arrested.

Supreme Court Case

The supreme Court Case of Unites States V. Leon 1984

Because a magistrate had issued a defective search warrant in a drug case, and because of

the mistake, drug evidence taken in a raid was excluded from lower court trial. the Supreme court reversed that decision, ruling that evidence obtained under a warrant that is later ruled to be used if the law enforced officer acted reasonably.

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"Fourth Amendment." Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2008. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.